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City attorney to outline legal options regarding district elections during Asheville City Council worksession

Update Thank you to everyone who came out to the July 2 Asheville City Council worksession on municipal election districts. For those of you who missed it but would still like to review the information session and following discussion it is archived on the City of Asheville YouTube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofAsheville To [...]

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City Manager Debra Campbell names Chris Bailey as Asheville’s next Police Chief

  After a national search informed by robust input from our local community, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that Chris Bailey will become Asheville’s next Police Chief.   Bailey comes to the City of Asheville from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division. The [...]

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Balanced budget, investments in transit and no tax increase highlight Asheville’s 2019-2020 budget

  Construction of a new Fire Station 13, and more than $1 million in funding towards the first-year recommendations of the Transit Master Plan are included in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Operating Budget adopted by Asheville City Council during their June 11 meeting.   By law, Council must pass a balanced budget in advance of the fiscal [...]

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Asheville City offices to close for Memorial Day

  ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 27. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day.   ART [...]

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City of Asheville names Richard J. White, III as Assistant City Manager

City Manager Debra Campbell is pleased to announce that Richard J. White, III has been named Assistant City Manager after a highly competitive national search. White comes to Asheville from Elon, N.C. where he currently serves as Town Manager. He also worked in Athens, Georgia as Assistant Manager for Administrative and Community Services where he had [...]

City of Asheville offices to close for spring break April 19

    ART buses to run on a holiday schedule   City of Asheville government offices will be closed Friday, April 19, as part of spring break. Sanitation Services will not be affected by the closing, as no trash or recycling is collected on Fridays.   ART bus service The City of Asheville ART bus service routes and facilities will operate on a [...]

Firestorm Bookstore, Steady Collective and City of Asheville reach agreement, notices of violation rescinded

We wanted to provide an update on the Notices of Violation to Firestorm Bookstore and Steady Collective.   The City of Asheville has rescinded the Notices of Violation to Firestorm Bookstore and Steady Collective at 610 Haywood Road. In August 2018, the City determined that the use of the syringe exchange program provided by Steady Collective in [...]

Asheville City offices to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.   Garbage and recycling collection schedules will continue as normal over the holiday. There will be no brush collection Monday and the Sanitation office will be closed.   The City of Asheville ART service routes and facilities will operate on a [...]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for a new City Manager [...]

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Asheville’s next City Manager is now on the job

  Debra Campbell begins her work as Asheville’s next City Manager Dec. 3. Asheville City Council unanimously voted to appoint to her the job during an Oct. 17 called meeting. Campbell comes to Asheville from the City of Charlotte, where she has been employed in many strategic roles since 1988, including her most recent position as Assistant City [...]

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Interim City Manager Cathy Ball announcement: Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper to resign

A message from Interim City Manager Cathy Ball: The purpose of this communication is to share news that Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper has given notice of her resignation, with an effective date of Jan. 2, 2019, to pursue consulting opportunities.   Chief Hooper previously gave notice of her resignation to the former city manager in February of [...]

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City Council names Debra D. Campbell Asheville City Manager

After a competitive nationwide search, Mayor Esther Manheimer and City Council are pleased to announce that they have named Debra D. Campbell as Asheville’s next City Manager.   At its Oct. 17 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to name Campbell to the top job.   Moment of the vote and remarks afterward Campbell comes to Asheville from the City of Charlotte, [...]

Asheville City Council to hold called meeting to vote on City Manager candidate

Asheville City Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Council Chamber, Second Floor of City Hall, to vote on executing a contract with the anticipated City Manager candidate.   City Council’s initial intention had been to hold a community meet-and-greet for the finalists; however, the anticipated candidate was so well aligned [...]

Asheville City Council narrows field in City Manager search

  During their Sept. 25 meeting, under closed session, Asheville City Council narrowed the City Manager candidate pool down from 13 to 6 semifinalists. Council will conducted face-to-face interviews with those semifinalists on Oct. 4 and 5. An opportunity for a public meet and greet during the final rounds of interviews is planned, which is expected to be [...]

Interim City Manager updates community regarding West Asheville notices of violation

Update to the community from Interim City Manager Cathy Ball:   We wanted to provide an update on the Notice of Violation to Firestorm and Steady Collective. After careful review of the information, the determination that the syringe exchange program is most similar to a “shelter” as defined by the UDO stands and will not be revoked. As [...]